Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first of the Costco-beers. A friend had a mixture of these in his fridge the other day. Intrigued, I grabbed this one.
A dark orange/copper color with a small off-white head on top. Nice floral aromas with citrus and a dry straw -like scent on the finish. Definitely some hoppy-ness in the nose.
Crisp, moderate heft bolster this beer well. Good feel to hold up to the bitterness that’s to come. Flavors of bitter hops, semi-sweet orange slices, dry grains - all meld together to create a simple easy-drinking ale. The hops aren’t the most flavorful here, but they get the job done.
I see these beers as being great gateway beers for people newly into craft beer. They’re simple and tasty, and the pricepoint will appeal to the masses as well.
ryanhunter_4 (76) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341 bottle poured at home. Pours a copper color with a thin head that died quickly. Smells like hops, but not like other IPA’s...quite weak. A bit of carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Not great for an IPA but drinkable.
beerbaaron (1643) - Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2015
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Clear light orange with a thin soapy white head. Aroma and flavor has off notes (like all the Kirkland beers I’ve tried so far) Mainly a fruity, unfinished, green beer note. Biscuit and caramel predominate over weak hops. Mild bitterness. Hops are grapefruit, earth, and floral. Semi dry and soapy. Too sweet. Just not very good.
slowrunner77 (6889) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
again, a little too malty and generic. about on par with the pale, perhaps a touch better. good price, not good value.
reetron (18) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Middle of the road IPA. About the best you’ll get from a Costco product. Whatever.
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. WheeA: Amber color with creme colored head. No lacing.N: Nutty, toffee, biscuit, honey, earth, peppercorn. T: Dryly bitter. Light sweetness.M: Medium body with a light carbonation. O: Not awful. Clean - maybe closer to an amber ale, but not something I would be ashamed to serve at a party.
scottw86 (1141) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a golden color with a thin head. Aroma is very nice, lots of fresh hops. Pine and herbal notes in the aroma. Taste is a bit dry and with a bit of cardboard. The hops are nice though and the balance is decent. Finish is little on the malty side with herbs. Overall not bad at all, very fresh.
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-11-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber copper color with a big cream colored head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell is bready and caramel sweet with a nice blend of a grapefruit citrus hop and some lighter notes of a floral smells.
Taste – The taste is upfront bready with a light caramel sweetness with a decent amount of grapefruit hop flavors. As the taste advances further there are flavors of a pine hop come to the tongue with a loss of much of the sweeter flavors. The grapefruit hop flavors get stronger as the taste advances to the end where a moderately hoppy, bitter, and dry flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thickness suits the hop flavors quite well while the medium carbonation being nice for complementing the more crispness of the brew.
Overall – Not too bad, but a little too much of the a bitter grapefruit is left to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste leaving a somewhat unbalanced taste. Not bad and for ~ 75 cents for the bottle this is definitely a good deal.
GarrettB (1202) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
January 12th, 2013 - Kirkland’s beers don’t have much flair or pizazz, but they’re an affordable way to show up to board game night with a box of liquid joy (and the goodwill of all the party goers.) For the hop heads, there’s Kirkland’s India Pale Ale. It’s nothing special to the eye, nose, or tongue, but it’s got flavors that would pair well with greasy gobs full of pizza and other de-nutrified snacks. The nose has a scent of honeyed pecans, though the occasional sniff is more amber like than hoppy. And the taste? Well, actually there’s not much hops in the flavor either. So, scratch off that appeal to hop heads. The flavor is thin, and a little gruelish, and certainly not hoppy enough for the San Diego IPA drinking crowd.
douglas88 (7175) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Costco. Pours a ruby color with a medium white head. A sweet malty fruity nose. The flavor is light fruity hops, metal, nutty, cherries. Odd for an ipa. Not hoppy. An amber ale more so. Ok.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Citrus, caramel, light pine, on the sweeter side. It was better than I thought it would be.
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